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Meet Our Staff

The staff listed below are, bar-none, the best in Kansas City.  Seriously Each one is passionate, knowledgeable and fully committed to making sure you are treated to the highest quality experience possible.  There’s not a baby, a diva or a whiner among ’em.
They’re pretty too…  just look at ’em.

The ‘Main Dish’ posed this question to each staff member – “What food item best describes you, and why?” See their answers below…

Laura Laiben

Laura
Laiben

The Main Dish
“I would be an Oscar Meyer weiner.
You know why.”

Amalia Aragon

Amalia
Aragon

Wizard
Amalia is busy doing her magic and hasn’t contemplated which food she is yet…

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell

Key Ingredient
“Champagne… sparkling, effervescent, acidic, works well w/other ingredients & gets the party started!”

Angela Clayton

Angela Clayton

Key Ingredient
“Sushi.
I love California
and I just love
sushi!”

Devra Eisenfeld-Smith

Devra Eisenfeld-Smith

Kitchen Shop Co-Curator
“A potato. They’re warm & comforting. Who doesn’t love a potato?!”

Erin Gustafson

Erin
Gustafson

Waitstaff
“I’d be a pineapple. They can be sweet, and they naturally have a crown on top!”

Priscilla Flores

Priscilla
Flores

Wizard
“A Chocolate Truffle. You don’t always know what’s inside, but you know it’ll be good!”

Larry Hadley

Larry
Hadley

The BBQ Dude
“I’d be a pork butt. Why? Hmmmm… I guess, I like my butt rubbed.”

Libby Hawkins

Libby
Hawkins

Key Ingredient
“A tall, tasty buttermilk biscuit to reflect my southern roots.”

Maggie Horn

Maggie
Horn

Bartender/Waitstaff
Maggie is busy tending bar… check back for her food choice!

Michael Kricsfeld

Marketing Guru
“Gazpacho – it’s served cold, yet has a kick. Smooth but chunky. And gets awesome toppings!”

Vicky
Lara

Chicana in Charge
“I would be a jalapeño pepper ‘cuz they are spicy like me!”

Alyson McCoun

Alyson
McCoun

Key Ingredient
“Kansas City-Style Burnt Ends, the best representation of the city that I love.”

Heather Minor

Heather
Minor

CCEO – Chief Culinary Experience Officer
“An egg. In the words of Oscar Wilde, “An egg is always an adventure: the next one may be different.””

Lynne Parker

Lynne
Parker

Missing Ingredient
“Wine.  It disappears when added, but makes any dish irresistible.”

Jill Garcia Schmidt

Jill Garcia
Schmidt

Chef / Lead Instructor
“I’d be bacon,
because… BACON!”

Nicole Smiley

Nicole
Smiley

Waitstaff
“I would be chocolate. Everyone loves chocolate – or at least they should!”

Kim
Stewart

Bean Counter
“An artichoke. It appears prickly on the outside, but it has a sweet heart.”

Elle t
Thomsen

Goddess of Good Eats
“Rhubarb Pie… because maybe things aren’t as bad as you thought.”